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5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2017 Nissan Frontier OVERVIEW
The current Nissan Frontier has been with us since 2005, an eternity in automotive years. Plenty of buyers keep coming back to the midsize pickup year after year, and we won't quibble with their decision. The Frontier continues to offer solid value, rugged good looks, and abundant trim choice.
What's New for 2017
A new S Work Truck package furnishes a spray-in bedliner, bed rail caps, splash guards, and rubber floor mats. Base models switch from a chrome rear bumper to a body-color one.
Choosing Your Nissan Frontier
The standard engine is a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder making 152 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque. It comes paired with a six-speed manual transmission on 4x2 models only. A five-speed automatic is optional or standard on the 4x4. Only the S and SV King Cab models offer the smaller engine. An available 4.0-liter, V6 engine produces 261 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque. Here, you have a choice of a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic transmission. Standard equipment includes steel wheels, a tailgate spoiler, a four-speaker audio system, and rear jump seats in the King Cab.
The Nissan Frontier’s older design translates into favorable pricing, especially on the base model. But it's hard to ignore the capable V6 and 4x4 combo, which gives this truck strong off-road credibility. The PRO-4X trim provides everything you could want in a midsize pickup truck at a price that undercuts all key competitors.
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